SYNOPSIS: Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
'Spy' is a must-see for Melissa McCarthy enthusiasts. It seems as though she was born to fit this type of role. The comedy flowed from start to finish, effortlessly, and McCarthy was irresistible.
The movie starts off with CIA analyst Susan Cooper (McCarthy) sitting at her desk, directing her partner Bradley Fine (Jude Law) through his ear piece as he carries out a dangerous mission. They are a great team -- Bradley, a debonair, fearless agent in the field and Susan, his razor-sharp but slightly frumpish partner, who just happens to be completely enamored with him.
When Bradley disappears during a mission gone awry, Susan volunteers to go undercover despite having worked at a desk her entire career. She is exuberant at the thought of her potential undercover personalities and high-tech gadgets. Instead, she gets to be a cozy-looking 'cat lady' (think Mrs. Doubtfire), and her gadgets? Stool softener and hemorrhoid wipes. Just priceless.
There were many, many other such comical moments during McCarthy's mission to infiltrate the world of the deadly arms dealer, Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne). McCarthy is quick-witted, can think on her feet, and is a surprisingly good shot. The movie climaxes when McCarthy throws off her frumpy 'cat lady' persona for a classy, confident female with a commanding presence. From this point on, McCarthy's acting is downright hilarious. She even manages to convince the deadly Rayna that she was sent to be her bodyguard, and intimidates one of the other bodyguards to the point of crying!
'Spy' is truly a comedy that shows the magic that can happen when a great actor is given a great script. Kudos to the director and writer, Paul Feig, and kudos to Melissa McCarthy for her sheer artistry in bringing this movie to life. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and would definitely recommend it as a movie to see in theaters. (For die-hard McCarthy fans, it may even be worth a second watch.)
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